Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

18th International Conference on Maharashtra

Fri, January 25, 2019 | Glickman Conference Center, Rooms RLP 1.302A and B, UT Austin campus

9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

18th International Conference on Maharashtra

The 18th International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society will be held at the University of Texas at Austin, January 24-26, 2019, 9 AM-6:30 PM. Its theme is: Communication and Community in historic and contemporary Maharashtra

Any community is created by communication among its members. In a major culture zone, such as the one where the Marathi language is understood, communication has taken many forms through time. Traditionally these forms have included large pilgrimages accompanied by images and songs that traverse city and countryside, the circulation of texts in manuscript form and orally by individual itinerant puraniks and performers, and gatherings in local shrines, bazaars, forts, courts, and kachehris, where official business, daily activities, or simple curiosity have brought people together. In modern times, printing brought new forms of communication and community formation. Print, we know, underwent revolutionary changes in the colonial period, changes that intensified with the development of 'modern' education and the press. The past century added cinema, and the last few decades have also seen the meteoric rise of cybermedia.

Maharashtra has had a strong presence in all these forms of communication, and many communities related to these forms have emerged and disappeared through time.

This conference seeks to bring together scholars of all disciplines with an interest in this theme through the past and present of Maharashtra. Members of the public are most welcome as observers. Proceedings will integrate English and Marathi. There will be no registration fee.

DAY 1: Thursday, January 24, 2019

DAY 2: Friday, January 25, 2019

9:00-10:30 AM: Political Mobilization and Communication II
Chair: Aruna Pendse
Suhas Palshikar (Independent Scholar), Language as a Tool: Mobilizing Community through Words
Rajeshwari Deshpande (Savitribai Phule Pune University), From Mook (मूक) to Thok (ठोक) Morchas: Political Communication in the Time of Maratha Crisis
Deepak Pawar (Mumbai University), बाळठाकरेआणिराजठाकरेयांचà¥Âà¤¯à¤¾à¤¸à¤‚जà¥Âà¤Å¾à¤¾à¤ªà¤¨à¤¶à¥ˆà¤²à¥€à¤¤à¥€à¤²à¤¸à¤¾à¤®à¥Âà¤¯à¤­à¥‡à¤¦à¤†à¤£à¤¿à¤®à¤°à¤¾à¤ à¥€à¤šà¥‡à¤¬à¤¦à¤²à¤¤à¥‡à¤°à¤¾à¤œà¤•à¤¾à¤°à¤£

15 minute break: Felicitation for Philip Engblom

10:45 AM-12:15 PM: Marathi Poetry
Chair: Philip Engblom
Anjali Nerlekar (Rutgers University), Examining Borders: The exchange between Marathi and Hindi literature via Dilip Chitre and Chandrakant Patil
Madhuri Deshmukh (Oakton College), Bhakti Poetics and the Grind Mill Songs: A Dialogue in Verse
Sachin Ketkar (Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda), Many Lives of the Self-translator’s Cogito: Observations on Vilas Sarang’s Theory and Practice of Translation

12:15-1:00 PM: BREAK

1:15-2:45 PM: Religious Community and Communication II
Chair: Jon Keune
Anuradha Ranade (K.V. Pendharkar College), Community Involvement in Temple Patronage in Maharashtra (1000-1400 CE)
Nagamani Dendukuri (Asiatic Society of Mumbai), Srisailam: the Nucleus of Marathi Cultural Proliferation in Telugu Regions (CE 800-1400)
Saili Palande-Datar (Samvidya Institute of Cultural Studies), "Gārhāna" and "Kaula": Divine Communication & Consultation and their Cultural Roles in Village Society of Southern Maharashtra 

2:45-4:15 PM: Lavani, Cinema, and Sexuality
Chair: Shreeyash Palshikar
Rachel Ball-Philips (Southern Methodist University), Shaping Community in Maharashtra: The Introduction of Tamasha to Marathi Cinema
Rashmi Condra (Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University), Lavani in Marathi Cinema
Kedar Kulkarni (FLAME University, Pune), Sentiments of Subjection: the Disrepute of Attachment and Belonging

4:15-4:45 PM: BREAK

4:45-6:15 PM: Gondi and Communication
Chair: Rajeshwari Deshpande
Mayuri Patankar (University of Delhi), Gondwana Darshan and the Making of an Adivasi Public Sphere
Bina Sengar (Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University), Communicating through Two States: The Cusp Language Paths of Gonds
Shamrao Koreti (Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University), Gondi Language as the Symbol of Identity and Culture in Eastern Maharashtra

DAY 3: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Department of History

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